When I headed to the University of Rochester to take part in a panel discussion, I had no inkling of the campaign that some students had already launched to shut the event down. The reasons behind their opposition were revealing. In this one incident, concerning one event, at one campus, there’s a telling data point about today’s intellectual climate.
Tribalism is rampant in other countries. In this talk, Elan Journo explores some of its forms and its role in the subjugation of individuals, the opposition to human progress, and the fueling of violent conflicts. Recorded at AynRandCon in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 4, 2018.
Can the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved? Yes, it can, and it took me an entire book, What Justice Demands, to analyze the essential nature of the conflict and indicate a path forward. In March, I took up the challenge of debating that hugely complicated issue at the Soho Forum in New York City.
A Capitol Hill launch event marked the publication of ARI senior fellow Elan Journo’s latest book, What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
The July event, cosponsored by the Middle East Forum and the Ayn Rand Institute, was aimed primarily at congressional staffers, and it featured talks by Daniel Pipes, a scholar and the president of the Middle East Forum; Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio; and Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida…. Read on.
When a Christian baker in Denver refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple, he saw it as an exercise of his religious freedom. They saw it as a violation of their civil rights. Watch as ARI experts unpack the crucial legal and philosophical issues in this Supreme Court case (Masterpiece Cakeshop).
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as complicated as it is controversial. This summer I gave a talk that unpacks the conflict and makes it more intelligible. In the talk, which is now online, I explore how intellectuals conceptualize and debate the issue, and spotlight the distinctive value of an Objectivist perspective on it. The talk is a kind of preview of certain points in my upcoming book, “What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Watch it now.
I talk with my colleague Steve Simpson about upcoming ARI events on the nature and importance of free speech.
What does it take to propel Objectivism as a philosophic movement? It’s essential to articulate the meaning of Objectivism and to exhibit its value in concrete form, by reference to the events, trends and developments of the times.
To that end, books are crucial. I took part in this panel with three of my colleagues from the Ayn Rand Institute. We discussed ARI’s strategy and the thinking behind it, and we took questions on our current book projects. Recorded July 6, 2016.
“Why Free Will Is Crucial to Explaining the Jihadist Movement.”
Recorded November 5, 2016.